From Newcomb’s Ranch turn left and begin climbing. As the profile shows the ride involves a sustained climb to the peak elevation. At 3.35 miles there is a sign indicating 6000’ elevation, with views of the high desert to the North at 3.5 miles.
The climbing continues until 6.17 miles, at which point a sign announces cloud burst summit at 7018’ - the highest elevation of the ride. From here it’s a fun 2 mile downhill passing Buckhorn campground at 7.35 miles, before the climbing begins again at 8.17 miles. At 9.35 miles Snowcrest ski lift is on the right - there was still a little snow here in June.
After passing Eagles Roost at 10.9 miles, the end of Highway 39 (closed since the 1970’s) is visible on the right, at 11.7 miles. A tunnel entrance appears ahead at 11.86 miles, with a sign warning of big horn sheep next 1 mile (I looked hard but didn’t see any).
A viewing/rest area can be found on the right at 12.7 miles. From here there’s a nice view into the canyon, and a small (quarter mile) nature trail.
After 13.29 miles and 1 hour, 15 minutes of riding a locked gate across the road is reached (as of June ‘08). Since this section has been closed a few years I’m guessing it may not be opening anytime soon. It is not obvious if cyclists are allowed on this section so I make this the turnaround point.